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Important Functions of Protein and the Role It Plays In Your Body

Maintaining Nutrition and Hydration are two of the most important factors during and recovering from a Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

Malnutrition can develop quickly and the body needs and 20% of the human body is made up of protein.

Because your body doesn’t store protein, it’s important to get enough from your daily diet.

You can get protein from many food sources, including plants and animals.

* Always discuss dietary needs with your healthcare provider and a consult with a Registered Dietitian can be helpful. 

There is animal protein:  Animal protein sources, such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy, are similar to the protein found in your body.  And there are plant protein sources, such as beans, soy, lentils and nuts.

Enzymes are proteins that aid the thousands of biochemical reactions that take place within and outside of your cells (7).

The structure of enzymes allows them to combine with other molecules inside the cell called substrates, which catalyze reactions that are essential to your metabolism (8).   Some proteins are hormones, which are chemical messengers that aid communication between your cells, tissues and organs.   Some Proteins provide structure –   keratin, collagen and elastin, which help form the connective framework of certain structures in your body (13).

Keratin is a structural protein that is found in your skin, hair and nails. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and is the structural protein of your bones, tendons, ligaments and skin (14). Elastin is several hundred times more flexible than collagen. Its high elasticity allows many tissues in your body to return to their original shape after stretching or contracting, such as your uterus, lungs and arteries (15).

Enzymes may also function outside the cell, such as digestive enzymes like lactase and sucrase, which help digest sugar. Enzymes require other molecules, such as vitamins or minerals, for a reaction to take place.

Bodily functions that depend on enzymes include (9):

  • Digestion
  • Energy production
  • Blood clotting
  • Muscle contraction

Proteins also maintain proper pH.

Proteins regulate the body ability  to maintain fluid balance.

Albumin and globulin are proteins in your blood that help maintain your body’s fluid balance by attracting and retaining water (21, 22).

If you don’t eat enough protein, your levels of albumin and globulin eventually decrease. Proteins can no longer keep blood in your blood vessels, and the fluid is forced into the spaces between your cells.  As the fluid continues to build up in the spaces between your cells, swelling or edema occurs, particularly in the stomach region (23).  This is a form of severe protein malnutrition called kwashiorkor that develops when a person is consuming enough calories but does not consume enough protein (24).

Proteins help form immunoglobulins, or antibodies, to fight infection

Proteins–  carry substances throughout your bloodstream — into cells, out of cells or within cells. The substances transported by these proteins include nutrients like vitamins or minerals, blood sugar, cholesterol and oxygen (30, 31, 32).

Protein contains four calories per gram, the same amount of energy that carbs provide. Fats supply the most energy, at nine calories per gram. The last thing your body wants to use for energy is protein since this valuable nutrient is widely used throughout your body.Carbs and fats are much better suited for providing energy, as your body maintains reserves for use as fuel.

The collective information above confirms protein is one of the most important nutrients for your health.

 

A simple and easy animal source of protein:

Baked Chicken recipe that can be served with a baked potato or mashed potato and soft cooked vegetables (Example: carrots, green beans).

Ingredients

    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
    • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed

Directions

    1. Preheat convection oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    2. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with salt to taste *do not use salt if a salt-free diet is prescribed.
    3. Place chicken in a broiler pan.and place broiler pan into the preheated oven.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
    5. Flip chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. This should take about 15 minutes more.
    6. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
    7. Remove chicken from pan.
    8. Place  Chicken on plates and serve with a baked or mashed potato and soft cooked vegetables of choice (example: carrots, green beans).

 

 

Protein  Source with References:  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/functions-of-protein#section10

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Changing the Bed Linens In Sickness and In Health

According to Microbiologist, Phillip Tierno of New York University

our bed linens can “quickly blossom into a botanical park of bacteria and fungus.”

If left for too long, the microscopic life within the wrinkles and folds of our bed sheets can even make us sick,

> We can recall – years ago – the bed linens in any acute care facility (e.g., hospital) the bed linens were changed daily.   Food for thought <<

 

Humans naturally produce roughly 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year. When it’s hot and humid outside, this moisture becomes what scientists call an “ideal fungal culture medium.”

In a recent study that assessed the level of fungal contamination in bedding, researchers found that a test sample of feather and synthetic pillows that were 1 1/2 to 20 years old contained as many as 16 species of fungus each.

And it’s not just your own microbial life you’re sleeping with. In addition to the fungi and bacteria that come from your sweat, sputum, skin cells, and vaginal and anal excretions, you also share your bed with foreign microbes.

These include animal dander, pollen, soil, lint, dust mite debris and feces, and finishing agents from whatever your sheets are made from, to name a few.

Tierno says all that gunk becomes “significant” in as little as a week. And unclean bedding still exposes you to materials that can trigger the sniffing and sneezing, since the microbes are so close to your mouth and nose that you’re almost forced to breathe them in.

“Even if you don’t have allergies per se, you can have an allergic response,” Tierno said.

Another reason your sheets get dirty quickly has little to do with your behavior or sweat patterns — the issue is simply gravity.

“Just like Rome over time was buried with the debris that falls from gravity, gravity is what brings all that material into your mattress,” Tierno said.

One to two weeks of this buildup is enough to leave anyone with a scratchy throat — especially those with significant allergies or asthma. (One in six Americans has allergies.)

“If you touched dog poo in the street, you’d want to wash your hands,” Tierno said.

“Consider that analogous to your bedding. If you saw what was there — but of course you don’t see it — after a while you have to say to yourself, ‘Do I want to sleep in that?’

So what does Dr. Tierno suggest?

To stem the invisible tide, he said, sheets should be washed once a week — >> More Often when bed linens are visibly soiled and an infection is being treated <<


Proper ways to handle soiled linens:

There is now a common understanding that linens, once in use, are usually contaminated and could be harboring microorganisms such as MRSA and VRE.

Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that healthcare professionals should “handle contaminated textiles and fabrics with a minimum agitation to avoid contamination of air, surfaces, and persons.” Even one of the leading nursing textbooks, Fundamentals of Nursing, states, “Soiled linen is never shaken in the air because shaking can disseminate secretions and excretions and the micro organisms they contain.” This text also states, “…linens that have been soiled with excretions and secretions harbor microorganisms … can be transmitted to others.”

According to Fundamentals of Nursing, when handling linens in any acute care and healthcare facility:

1. You should always wash your hands after handling a patient’s bed linens.

2. You should hold soiled linen away from your uniform.

3. Soiled linen is never shaken in the air because shaking can disseminate the micro-organisms they contain.

4. Linen from one patient’s bed is never (even momentarily) placed on another patient’s bed.

5. Soiled linens should be placed directly into a portable linen hamper or tucked into a pillowcase and the end of the bed before it is gathered up for disposal in the linen hamper or linen chute.

 

To read this article in its entirety – please click on the following link:

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-often-to-wash-bed-sheets-2017-6

 

C Diff Foundation Welcomes Linda Jablonski, MS, BSN, RN-BC – Director Of Nursing

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WELCOME

We are pleased to welcome Linda Jablonski, MS, BSN, RN-BC, to the C Diff Foundation.   Linda presides as the Director of Nursing of the C Diff Foundation’s Global Community Education & Outreach Program

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Linda Jablonski has been in the Nursing profession for over 22 years. A Graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Masters at Kean College of New Jersey. Linda was a Special Education Instructor and Counselor prior to entering Nursing and her Thesis was on Preventing Violence Through Education or PTE. The major component of her thesis was Community Outreach. Linda worked her way through school as a Certified Nurses Aide and Home Health Aid which developed the experience and passion in the Home Care setting. Today Linda is a Director of Nursing for a Home Health agency and works at providing quality care, continued education to staff, and speaking to community groups to provide education in Infection Prevention (C.diff., MRSA & Superbugs) and Antibiotic Resistance Awareness and Stewardship Programs.

Home Health Care Information for Both Physicians and Patients

What is Home Health Care?

At its basic level, “home health care” means exactly what it sounds like – medical care provided in a patient’s home. Home health care can include a range of  care given by skilled medical professionals, including skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Home health care can also include skilled, non-medical care, such as medical social services or assistance with daily personal activities provided by a highly qualified home health aide.

As the Medicare program describes, home health care is unique as a care setting not only because the care is provided in the home, but the care itself is “usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective” as care given in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

When we say “home care” a common thought is senior care.  However; in  today’s society wellness draining diagnosis occur in every age group. Some of the more chronic, long-term illnesses greatly benefit from receiving home health care vs extended stays in acute care facilities and other health care in-patient services depending upon individual living situations and over-all health conditions.

Who qualifies for Home Health Care?

Each individual must contact their insurance provider to inquire about this skilled care provided within their home.  There may be co-pays per visit, limitations of the number of visits per episode and per calendar year, there may additional stipulations and should be understood by the patient and their families prior to discussing with a Medicare enrolled Physician.

To be eligible for Medicare home health services a patient must have Medicare Part A

and/or Part B.

To  be eligible for Home Health Care Services: (1)

  • Be confined to home.
  • Need Skilled Services.
  • Be Under the Care Of a Medicare -enrolled Physician.
  • Receive Services Under a Plan Of Care Established and Reviewed by a Physician and Have Had a Face-to-Face Encounter With a Physician or Allowed Non-Physician Practioner (NPP).  Care Must Be Furnished By or Under Arrangements Made by A Medicare-Participating Home  Home Health Agency (HHA).
  • Patient Eligibility—Confined to Home
    Section 1814(a) and Section 1835(a)
    of the Act specify that an

    individual is considered
    confined to the home” (homebound) if the following two criteria are met:
    First Criteria: One of the Following must be met:
    1. Because of illness or injury, the individual needs the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, and walkers; the use of special transportation; or the
    assistance of another person to leave their place of residence
    2.  Have a condition such that leaving his or her home is medically contraindicated.

    Second Criteria Both of the following must be met:
    1. There must exist a normal inability to leave home.
    2. Leaving home must require a considerable and taxing effort.

     

     

    Home Health Aids May Be Included In the Home Health Care Assessment and Assigned To Assist With Personal Care – Activities of Daily Living  (ADL’s), Bathing, Feeding, Dressing, and Walking.

    To learn more about Home Health Care Nursing and being treated in the home environment, listen to Linda Jablonski, MS, BSN, RN-BC – Director of Nursing Home Health.   Click on the C.diff. radio logo below to listen to the podcast.

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Sources:

(1) CMS  (article se1436)  https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/se1436.pdf

A Good Night’s Sleep Can Be a Challenge Without Adding An Illness

Sleep Can Be A Challenge—-

Insomnia — the lack of adequate sleep, with the challenges in altered health can leave one feeling tired all the time. There are many things you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Here are a few ideas to gain the sleep you need:

  • Follow a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends. Try to avoid napping in the late afternoon or evening, as it may keep you awake at night.  Also use the restroom before turning in to avoid those middle of the night visits  to the bathroom.
  • Develop a bedtime routine. Take time to relax before bedtime each night. Some people watch television, read a book, listen to soothing music.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, not too hot or too cold, and as quiet as possible.
  • Have a comfortable mattress, a pillow you like, and enough blankets for the season.
  • Exercise at regular times each day but not within 3 hours of your bedtime.
  • Make an effort to get outside in the sunlight each day – even if it means standing out the front door or on the balcony for at least fifteen minutes a day. Natural Vitamin D is beneficial.
  • Be careful about when and how much you eat later in the day. Large meals close to bedtime may keep you awake, but a light snack in the evening can help you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine – not only does it promote a fluid shift and can cause bowel elimination,  Caffeine (found in coffee, tea, soda, and hot chocolate) can also keep you awake.
  • Drink fewer beverages in the evening. Waking up to go to the bathroom and turning on a bright light break up your sleep.
  • Remember that alcohol won’t help you sleep. Even small amounts make it harder to stay asleep.
  • After turning off the light, give yourself about 20 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re still awake and not drowsy, get out of bed and try to relax in another comfortable area. When you feel sleepy, go back to bed and try again.

Fighting a cold or Flu can also disrupt a good night’s sleep.  Try using extra pillows to elevate your head, keep the room a bit cooler, having a box of tissues near the bedside with a trash container near the bed will also help, and a glass or bottle of water near the bedside will also alleviate a visit to the kitchen for a drink when attempting to fall asleep.

Sufficient sleep is increasingly being recognized as an essential aspect of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. How much sleep is enough? Sleep needs vary from person to person and change as people age. (1)

Consider these sleep guidelines for different age groups.

How much sleep do you need?

Newborns

  • 16-18 hours

Preschool-aged Children

  • 11-12 hours

School-aged Children

  • At least 10 hours

Teens

  • 9-10 hours

Adults (including older adults)

  • 7-8 hours

Sleep-related difficulties – typically called sleep disorders – affect many people. Major sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia – an inability to fall or stay asleep that can result in functional impairment throughout the day.
  • Narcolepsy – excessive daytime sleepiness combined with sudden muscle weakness; episodes of narcolepsy are sometimes called “sleep attacks” and may occur in unusual circumstances.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) – an unpleasant “creeping” sensation associated with aches and pains throughout the legs that can make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Sleep Apnea – interrupted sleep caused by periodic gasping or “snorting” noises or momentarily suspension of breathing.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a sleep disorder, it may be important to receive an evaluation by a healthcare provider.

We hope this information has been helpful in providing you with suggestions on how to combat sleepless nights and improve your health – even during an illness.

For more information visit the CDC’s website http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Sleep/

 

(1) http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Sleep/

Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd – New EPA Approved Amended Label For Excelyte® Incorporates Kill Claims for Adenovitus,Norovirus,Rhinovirus,Rotavirus

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Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved an amendment to the Company’s master label for its Excelyte® disinfecting solution.

The Company’s new EPA-approved label incorporates kill claims for adenovirus, norovirus, rhinovirus and rotavirus, which are considered non-enveloped viruses

The Company’s amended EPA-approved label for Excelyte® will continue to include previously EPA-approved kill claims for: (i) various pathogens including, but not limited to, Mycobacterium bovis (Tuberculosis), Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) and Respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV); (ii)  hospital-acquired pathogens such as Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) as well as a carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) known as Klebsiella pneumoniae (NDM-1); (iii)  high-risk blood-borne pathogen human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); (iv) the food-borne pathogens Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli (E. coli); and (v) Yeast, Candida albicans.

These viruses have resulted in serious problems for chain restaurants, cruise ships, and other establishments operating in the food, health or hospitality industries.

Non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants than enveloped viruses, many of which are already listed on the Company’s master label.  EPA registered hospital disinfectants such as Excelyte® that have claims against non-enveloped viruses are capable of killing both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses on non-porous environmental surfaces.  This group of viruses can cause serious gastrointestinal, stomach, respiratory and eye infections in humans who have been exposed.

Norovirus is highly contagious and is spread through contaminated food, water and environmental surfaces.  Norovirus infections have been an ongoing challenge in the food, healthcare and hospitality industries and recent outbreaks in chain restaurants and cruise lines have underlined the need to eradicate these viral infections.

Although the Company is currently focused on selling Excelyte® to the oil and gas production industry, the amended EPA label will provide increased opportunities for the use of Excelyte® in the food, healthcare and hospitality industries.  The Company continues to seek strategic partners to assist in the development, marketing and distribution of Excelyte® into these markets.

David R. LaVance, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We have pursued the addition of these non-enveloped viruses due to the serious and deadly outbreaks that have been reported nationally and internationally over the past few years.  Norovirus, in particular, has caused significant problems for a major fast food chain.  With the increasing ineffectiveness of antibiotics, it is important to use antibacterial products, such as Excelyte®, to eliminate pathogens before they infect people.”

About Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd.

Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. is a publicly-traded company that operates through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, I.E.T., Inc.  All of the Company’s products and services are marketed and sold under the umbrella brand name, EcoTreatments.

The Company markets and sells its anolyte disinfecting solution under the Excelyte® brand name, which is produced by the Company’s proprietary EcaFlo® equipment that utilizes an electrolytic process known as electrochemical activation to reliably produce environmentally responsible solutions for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.

Excelyte® solutions are EPA-registered, hard-surface disinfectants and sanitizers approved for hospital-level use and are also approved for use as a biocide in the oil and gas industry.  The products can be used anywhere there is a need to control bacteria and viruses. 

The Company’s EcaFlo® equipment also produces a cleaning solution that the Company markets under the Catholyte Zero brand name.  Catholyte Zero solutions are environmentally friendly cleansers and degreasers for janitorial, sanitation and food processing uses.  To learn more, visit www.ecotreatments.com.

To read the article in its entirety please click on the following link:

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/PH84506.htm